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What’s In a Name?

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So you’ve always wanted to be on Broadway (just like half the restaurant staff in New York City).  Maybe you played the lead in Guys and Dolls in high school, or maybe you’ve only ever had the guts to sing into your hairbrush. Either way, if you dream of making it big on the Great White Way, there’s one golden rule for auditioning: answer to whatever name they call you.  If your name is Howard and they call you Billy, your new name is Billy.

Years ago, when my only aspiration was to see my name in lights, I auditioned for RENT. To say I was excited would be an understatement – I was over the moon (get it Rentheads?). I had prepared “Take Me or Leave Me” as my audition piece and planned to blow the last few hairs off the Casting Director’s head. Only I never even got to the opening note.  Find out what happened – after the jump!

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